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In the popular game Attack Families (a.k.a. Atafami/TackFam), Fumiya Tomozaki is the best gamer in Japan. However, in real life, he's a loser with no friends and a poor opinion of the "game" of real life. But one day, he plays a match against a player who's almost as good as him, and when they meet up in real life, he is shocked to discover that he had been playing against Aoi Hinami, the most popular girl in school. Aoi isn't impressed with Tomozaki's lifestyle and offers to teach him tricks to succeed in the game of real life.

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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun) is a light novel series written by Yuki Yaku and illustrated by Fly. It received an anime adaptation by Project No.9 in January 2021.


This show provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Aoi, Mimimi, and Mizusawa are good looking, popular and get good grades.
  • Always Second Best: Minimi always comes behind Aoi in both grades and sports. Turns out this really bugs her, to the point that she quits the track club since she can't put up with the stress of trying to surpass her and the envy she feels as a result. She's thankfully talked into re-joining by Tomozaki and Tama.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Mimimi. She often displays herself as an unashamed pervert towards other girls, having No Sense of Personal Space and is at one time Implied to have stolen Hanabi's bra right off her while visiting the Volleyball Team for her election campaign. However, there are also times where she'll jokingly flirt with Tomozaki including not so jokingly in Volume 6.
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  • Berserk Button: Insulting Attack Families appears to be this for Tomozaki.
  • Bland-Name Product: Attack Families is clearly based off of Super Smash Bros.. Averted in other instances, as Starbucks is freely named.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Aoi, as NO NAME, kept losing to nanashi, she grows to admire him because, since she put a lot of effort into both her real life and Tackfam, she's quick to assume that the reason for this is that nanashi was even more of a hard worker than she was. In reality, the reason Tomozaki, as nanashi, is so good is that he basically gave up on real life to focus on the game, meaning she ends up sorely disappointed when they meet in real life.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Tomozaki frequently has to remind himself not to stare at Izumi's breasts.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone in Hinami and Nakamura's friend groups can clearly see that Nakamura and Izumi are into each other. OK, everyone except for Takei. Similarly in Volume 5, Mizusawa, Mimimi, and even Tama-chan can all see that Tomozaki is crushing on Kikuchi. In Volume 6, Mizusawa also easily figures out Mimimi is crushing on Tomozaki.
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  • Gag Penis: Tomozaki possesses one. Meanwhile Nakamura is the opposite.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Lampshaded by Tomozaki in Volume 1, when Mimimi plays up her touchy-feely antics with Hinami in the classroom in front of everyone, and when they finally stop to take their seats, he thinks to himself the hot girl-on-girl action is over.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: An invoked case in regards to Kikuchi, who is specifically stated to have black hair when she is first introduced but is portrayed as having silver hair everywhere else. As the author explains in a tweet, this was done deliberately to show the audience how she appears from Tomozaki's perspective.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked. After she invites Tomozaki to her home and takes off her make-up, Aoi becomes completely unrecognizable to him, which she uses to demonstrate how a bit of effort can change one's looks. However, his reaction is confusing in the anime, where Aoi's face looks exactly the same with or without make-up.
  • Irony: Tomozaki comes to a truly ironic realization in Volume 6's ending that Mizusawa may act like a playboy but he's honest about his intentions towards girls and everything he is doing is focused on winning Hinami's affections, while Tomozaki himself is the one who pretends to be sincere but is actually leading both Kikuchi and Mimimi on, inadvertently playing with their hearts because he won't choose a girl to commit to, and hiding behind his lack of self-esteem as an excuse to procrastinate.
  • Lack of Empathy: Her obsession with living a perfect life and being number one has clearly affected Aoi's sense of this; when coaching Tomozaki, she describes him making friends and getting Kikuchi as a girlfriend as "goals" and "objectives", never considering his own feelings on the matter and coming off as dissociative of the people she's involving in his various tasks. This comes to a head in Episode 11 when he tells her that he didn't confess to Kikuchi like she told him to because, while he does like her, he's not a hundred percent sure if it's genuine, and wants to genuinely bond with her and the others instead of doing it as part of some daily tasks. Aoi, instead of seeing his point, seems to take this as a sign that he's planning on throwing away all of the progress he's made in spite of his words to the contrary.
  • Male Gaze: The anime is full of camera shots focusing on Aoi's legs and rear, and Tomozaki's little sister is introduced legs-first in almost ever scene she's in. In the light novels, Tomozaki's inner dialogue frequently comments on how smoking hot the girls he interacts with are, often commenting on their figures and fashion choices. The sole exception is whenever he's with Kikuchi, where he instead often uses High Fantasy-related metaphors to describe her ethereal beauty and otherworldly peacefulness.
    • The author of the story, Yuuki Yaku, often uses each novel's afterword to gush over how sexy the girl on the front cover is and heap praise on Fly, the series artist and character designer.
  • No Name Given: Tomozaki's little sister's first name hasn't been mentioned in the series so far.
  • No Social Skills: Tomozaki starts off as this but gradually gains them through Aoi's teachings and experience.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tomozaki gives a big one to Erika Konno at the end of Volume 1 when she mocks Nakamura for taking Atafami seriously.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In Volume 4, Nakamura and Izumi finally become official after both their teams win the sports festival and he asks her out.
  • Shipper on Deck: A big chunk of Volumes 3 and 4 revolves around most of the characters conspiring to get Nakamura and Izumi to hook up since it's obvious they both secretly like each other.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Nakamura proves to be this when he loses to Tomozaki in Tackfam, blaming his loss on luck and calling the game unbalanced instead of acknowledging Tomozaki's skill.
    • Aoi accuses Tomozaki on being this in regards to "the game of real life" in an Ironic Echo of what he told Nakamura when he lost to him, saying he's "blaming the game" for his inability to try.
  • Stealth Pun: As per Word of God, the name of the ninja, Found, is a play on "find and seek," with "seek," if pronounced with a Japanese accent, sounding like Sheik.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Lampshaded in Volume 6 when Tomozaki finds himself being the common connection between Takei, Tama-chan, and Izumi as the four of them walk home from school. Because the three of them all normally hang out in different cliques, this turns out to be the first time they actually have real conversations with each other.
  • Wham Line: The end of Volume 6 forces Tomozaki to face an uncomfortable fact:
    Mizusawa: "When you put yourself down - you seem almost relieved. You didn't realize that, did you?"
  • When She Smiles: Part of Aoi's advice for Tomozaki is that just smiling can have a massive affect on one's physical appeal, and so has him practice smiling.
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